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There’s Talk of Reviving Buffy The Vampire Slayer But It Will Never Happen For One Big Reason

Into every generation, a Buffy reboot idea is born. It alone will anger the fans and enrage the wannabe Scoobies

Is this hell?

OK let’s just get this out of the way from the get-go: Buffy doesn’t need a reboot, I repeat – Buffy doesn’t need a reboot.

Come on guys, just… no.

This week, the suits over at Fox – more accurately TV group chairman and big-boss Gary Newman, decided it was time to discuss the idea of a Buffy The Vampire Slayer reboot. Keep in mind this week also marks the 21st anniversary of the show… coincidence? Probably not.

During a INTV conference in Israel just days ago, Newman said the topic of rebooting the show was one regularly discussed at the network, “It’s something we talk about frequently,” he revealed. Groan.

But then he said something that gave all Buffy purists a glimmer of hope – something that made it clear that this entirely unnecessary and lazy idea might never come to fruition:

“When Joss decides its time, we’ll do it, until Joss does, we won’t.”

And the world breathes a sigh of relief.

If that’s the main caveat to the reboot (or revival) actually occurring, we can get on with living our lives. There’s no way Whedon would get on board considering the revelations about his personal life during the last 12 months. Maybe in ten years, sure, but not now.

And can I just say, even if Whedon IS on board – we STILL don’t need a Buffy reboot.

While there’s no other show that gets the idea of coming back from the dead quite like Buffy (after all she died twice), there’s no way Whedon would be able to do the show justice in 2018.

Why? Because we know too much. Our approach to the series would be different.

As much as we like to think the outside world doesn’t affect the way we view our favourite shows or movies, it does.

And frankly, Buffy fans aren’t happy with Whedon, after his ex-wife and Buffy co-creator, Kai Cole, revealed a few home truths about Whedon in an open letter last year.

Cole exposed her ex-husbands’ years of infidelity on the Buffy set, adding he was emotionally abusive to her and others – something she believed to be contradictory to his public persona as a feminist.

In quoting her former husband from a letter he had once sent her her, Kai posted the following: “When I was running Buffy, I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women… Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet…”

Die-hard Buffy fans were bitterly disappointed in Whedon, and still are more than a year later.

Therefore, as die-hard Buffyverse members, we have taken it upon ourselves to protect the sanctity of Buffy. We’re the watchers – taking care of the legacy of characters that taught us it was OK to be different, it was OK to struggle, and that finding your place in the world was par for the course.

From a more pratcial point of view, Whedon also did make it clear during a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he wasn’t into the concept of reboots, and would rather create something new for viewers.

“Is the nostalgia bank so goddamn secure that we can just keep withdrawing from it? And this is coming from a man who’s made a movie or a comic book out of every show he’s done.” Whedon said.

“You can’t replicate the magic of the original. You bring something back, and even if it’s exactly as good as it was, the experience can’t be. You’ve already experienced it, and part of what was great was going through it for the first time.”

During Newman’s Buffy discussion this week, he made one final remark that the reboot would only be worthy if there was a passionate fan base and “built-in brand recognition” around the idea.

What he fails to realise is the fan base IS passionate because the original show was perfect to us. That doesn’t mean you get to capitalise on something that is as close to many of us, as actual family.

 

Family.

Fans re-watch episodes over and over not because they’re looking for something new, but because they find a sense of happiness, nostalgia, and contentment in the old and familiar.

Buffy saved the world. A lot. She’s paid her dues… So let’s just slay the idea of the reboot and let it dissolve into a little pile of dust.

Slay the day away

'No Time To Die' Theme Song May Feature Big Clues About Daniel Craig's Final 007 Movie

Did you notice these?

We’re only a few weeks from the release of Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film No Time To Die, but we got our first feel for the film with Billie Eilish’s theme for the film by the same name.

Fans are very curious about what will happen to Bond, with many believing the agent will die in the film, but Eilish’s song seems to offer some big clues about a major plot point in the film.

There are plenty of Bond themes that have very little to do with the movie and are more bout the characters, for example, the theme for Goldfinger.

But others directly address themes from the movie, like Adele’s Skyfall song – and it seems as though Billie’s song for No Time To Die falls into the same category.

The haunting tune doesn’t give us much hope for Bond with the lyrics centring on a tragic betrayal. Not just any betrayal, however, in this case, it comes from someone you love.

The first verse is about a meaningful relationship ending badly:

“I should have known
I’d leave alone
Just goes to show
That the blood you bleed is just the blood you owe
We were a pair
But I saw you there
Too much to bear”

As we near the chorus, Eilish sings about being caught off guard:

“You were my life, but life is far away from fair
Was I stupid to love you?
Was I reckless to help?
Was it obvious to everybody else?”

Then, the chorus continues on the theme of betrayal:

“That I’d fallen for a lie
You were never on my side
Fool me once, fool me twice
Are you death or paradise?
Now you’ll never see me cry
There’s just no time to die”

Thanks to the trailer, fans believe Daniel Craig’s Bond will be betrayed by Madeleine Swan, his love interest from Spectre.

The new No Time To Die trailer featuring Eilish’s song sees Bond burning a note featuring the words “Forgive me.”

Another theory is that Madeleine won’t survive the film because Bond is seen in front of what appears to be a mausoleum.

No Time To Die is out in cinemas on 8 April.

Harrison Ford Reveals The Toughest Part About Returning To His Iconic Roles

Makes sense!

Harrison Ford has confirmed he will be returning as Indiana Jones for a fifth movie in the franchise, revealing he begins work on the movie in the coming months.

According to WTHR, 77-year-old appeared in an interview on CBS’ Sunday Morning Show and was asked about the toughest part about returning to his iconic roles and the actor, who has reprised his role as Han Solo in recent years, joked, “Trying not to look funny running around in tight pants and high boots.”

Credit: Lucasfilm

“I’ll try and give you a more appropriate answer,” he added. “Considering that I’m going to start doing Indiana Jones in about two months.”

He went on to say, “I’m always delighted to come back to these characters. If we have the opportunity to make another, it’s because people have enjoyed them.”

“I feel obliged to make sure our efforts are as ambitious as they were when we started. You have a sense of responsibility to your customers.”

According to CinemaBlend, he also dropped some hints about the film, “I’m not going to share the story with you because that doesn’t seem like a good idea. But we’ll see new developments in his life, his relationship. We’ll see part of his history resolved.”

The last Indiana Jones film, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was released in 2008 and was largely considered a flop.

A question on many people’s minds is whether or not Shia LaBeouf will reprise his role as Mutt from the last movie. However, writer David Koepp said in 2018 that LaBeouf’s character isn’t expected to return.

Credit: Lucasfilm

The publication also reports that Koepp said in 2019, “We’ve got a good idea this time.”

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kelly has also confirmed Indiana Jones 5 will be a continuation of the story and not a reboot and Ford has previously said that when he is gone, the character will not be up for grabs.

Steven Spielberg will direct Indiana Jones 5 after finishing work on his remake of West Side Story.

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